July 25, 2017

Preparing a Travel Budget For Summer Road Trips

in Mancation Blog by James Hills
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How to Grill Perfect Wings
July 24, 2017

How To Grill Perfect Buffalo Wings

in Food and Drink by James Hills
Typically when we think of summer grilling season, the featured meat is steaks, burgers, sausage - and maybe chicken. Rarely though do I hear people talking about grilled buffalo-style party wings but these are amazing on the grill and a bit healthier than frying or even baking in the oven. Of course, that health benefit typically goes out the window when you cover them in sauces. It's all about…
Packing Tips for a Day Exploring Off Road in the Desert
July 24, 2017

What to Pack for a Day Exploring Off Road Desert Trails

in Stuff by James Hills
The desert is an amazing place to explore but it requires proper planning and preparation in ways that most other hikes or off road excursions don't. This is an extreme endeavor where you are going to be miles away from help if something goes wrong and in the summer, temperatures regularly exceed 110 degrees. Oh and there are dangerous animals to avoid like scorpions, snakes, and coyotes too!…
Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2017
July 23, 2017

Comparing Today's Top SUVs and How To Pick The One For you

in Stuff by James Hills
It's no secret that the auto industry is extremely competitive and that American tastes are shifting away from mid-sized sedans to SUVs like the Mazda MX-5, Honda CRV, Toyota Rav4, and Jeep Cherokee. What is interesting to me is how similar each of these cars is on paper and price - yet so different in driving experience. It made me step back a bit and think about how I experience cars since…
Heather and James on Oregon Coast
Jul 21, 2017

Tips For Traveling With Your Wife (And Still Enjoying The Trip!)

Happy wife, happy life… or at least that’s what they say. At least once a year, it’s a great idea to take that special girl in your life out on a nice romantic getaway with your partner. For me though the reality is that I travel almost constantly with Heather and we've been all over the country on…
Jul 20, 2017

A Close Shave at the Schick HydroEscape Escape Room

in Stuff
One of my favorite parts of Comic Con is getting a great free shave from the folks at Schick. I know that might sound lame but they've been my "go to" experience every year because well, it's free and having a professional give you a great shave is a pretty awesome experience. Every guy should have…
Chicken and Guns Food Truck Portland Oregon
Jul 19, 2017

A Dog Friendly 24 Hour Romantic Getaway in Portland Oregon

Portland, Oregon is a city that I've wanted to visit for quite a while but just never seems to work out for a visit. However, the folks at River's Edge Hotel invited Heather and I to spend the night there on our way back home and so I figured that was kismet. While some destinations might prove to…
Mashed Cauliflower Shepherds Pie Recipe
Jul 19, 2017

Mashed Cauliflower Topped Shepherd's Pie Recipe

One of my all time favorite comfort foods is shepherd's pie. It's easy to make and relatively easy to clean up too, plus it's cheap and very filling. The folks at Birds Eye® though asked me to check out their new Mashed Cauliflower product and see how I liked it as an alternative to mashed…
Circling Raven Golf Course
Jul 18, 2017

Circling Raven Golf Course in Coeur D'Alene Idaho

Every so often I experience something that was completely unexpected while visiting a destination. A few months ago I got invited to come back up to Idaho and visit the Coeur D'Alene Casino to play a round at the Circling Raven Golf Club. Honestly when I think about "Indian Casinos" - a great golf…
Mancation Survey Results Top Mancation Ideas
Jul 18, 2017

Mancation Survey Results - 500 Men Told Us What Their Top Mancation Pick Would Be

In the more than nine years since I created ManTripping.com, I've written a ton of posts talking about the "top mancation ideas". It's also the most frequently asked question when I talk with media about men's travel trends. Surprisingly, it's often women and my female friends who are the most…

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